Apple Developing Curved iPhone Display, Touchless Control Technology

Posted April 05, 2018

Curved displays and touchless gesture control could be the next major changes to the iPhone.

Instead of curving outwards towards the edges of the phone, Apple is considering displays that have a concave curvature that slowly dips towards the center from the top and bottom.

OLED, or organic light emitting diode, displays can be shaped into curves or even folded, unlike the less-flexible LCD screen technology used in prior iPhones.

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Bloomberg's source said touchless control will most likely take at least two years to become available for consumers.

Apple did not immediately respond to PCMag's request for comment.

The features could help Apple differentiate itself in a crowded market where phones generally look the same.

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In the fourth quarter, Apple was responsible for about 20 percent of smartphone shipments following the launch of the iPhone X and iPhone 8, beating out second place Samsung and Huawei, according to IDC.

The information about Apple's new endeavor to come up with curved displays also seemingly confirms previous rumors that the tech giant will not only continue using OLED for its next-generation iPhones, but also increase the adoption of OLED screens this year. Potentially, this might be meant to serve a similar goal as the 3D Touch feature that Apple has been including in iPhones since 2015.

Google's Project Soli also boasts similar tech, this time integrating a sensor and antenna into a micro-chip that uses radar to detect touchless motions. Air Gestures allowed users to move their hand near the top of the handset to accept calls, scroll through webpages, and more.

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The new iPhone is expected to be unveiled in September.